Russian President Vladimir Putin greets veterans prior to a military parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow on June 24, 2020.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the defeat of Nazi Germany at the traditional massive Red Square military parade in Moscow, which was delayed by more than a month because of the invisible enemy of coronavirus.
"It was a awful and massive tragedy that claimed millions of lives, leaving behind devastation and irreparable pain of loss, deep never-healing wounds", Putin said, addressing soldiers outside the cathedral.
After initially postponing this referendum due to surging cases of coronavirus infections, days before the start of the voting process, Putin hailed what he called Russia's achievements in tackling the outbreak of coronavirus. But the timing allowed Russian Federation to mark another significant war-era event - the 75th anniversary of the Red Square parade by troops returning home after the Nazis' defeat.
The Kremlin also said Putin extended an invitation to "dear Emmanuel" to visit Russian Federation.
He also slammed the West for "insulting Russia" by playing down the Soviet Union's role in winning the war.
The head of state explained he had chosen this date because June 24 was the day when in 1945 the legendary historic parade of victors took place, when soldiers, who fought for Moscow and defended Leningrad, who stood their ground for Stalingrad, liberated Europe and stormed Berlin, marched on Red Square.
During his visit, Singh will be meeting with senior Russian leaders and is expected to apprise them of the on-going situation at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh.
Sergey Panov, a 45-year-old in Russia's second city, Saint Petersburg, said he drove to his polling station before work specially to vote against the reforms.
Russian Federation has recorded over 600,000 virus cases, the third largest epidemic in the world, behind only Brazil and the United States.
Pictures on social media showed a polling station set up in the back of a vehicle in Vladivostok and people voting in a bus in the town of Tver, while a journalist for TV Rain, which often criticises the Kremlin, filmed himself voting once at a polling station and again electronically.
Yet events marking the Soviet victory were scheduled to go ahead in Saint Petersburg, Volgograd and Simferopol in Russia-annexed Crimea.
While Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin advised the capital's residents to stay home to watch the parade, he didn't ban spectators from the streets.
A woman casts her ballot Thursday at a polling station in Vladivostok, Russia during a seven-day vote for constitutional reforms.
Opposition campaigner Alexei Navalny has slammed the vote as a populist ploy created to give Putin the right to be "president for life". "But this ruthless armada was powerless against the unity of Soviet citizens", Putin said, adding that the Soviet army destroyed 75% of the total number of Nazi forces.